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Table 76: Costs of Production for Sweet Corn, Per Acre

Organic Production Practices, Northeastern United States, 1996

ITEM UNIT PRICE QUANTITY TOTAL
Variable Costs
Soil Amendments        
Compost w/Gypsum ton $ 35.40 6 $ 212.40
Pest Management       
Trichogramma Wasps card $ 16.09 2 $ 32.18
Pheromone farm $ 5.90 15 $ 88.50
Other       
Seeds lb $ 6.43 10 $ 64.30
Labor       
Operator hr $ 14.48 7.58 $ 109.76
Regular Hired hr $ 10.13 14.55 $ 147.39
Seasonal Hired hr $ 7.24 58 $ 419.92
Irrigation       
Overhead Irrigation acre $ 192.00 1 $ 192.00
Machinery Repair and Fuel       
Diesel Fuel gal $ 0.969 21.97 $ 21.29
Machinery Repair acre $ 21.07 1 $ 21.07
Marketing Costs       
Packing Crates crate $ 1.40 200 $ 280.00
Sub-Total      $ 1,588.81
Interest on Operating Capitala acre 10% 1 $ 31.59
Total Variable Costs acre  1 $ 1,620.40
Fixed Costs
Machinery and equipment acre $ 180.73 1 $ 180.73
Land acre $ 100.00 1 $ 100.00
Total Fixed Costs acre  1 $ 280.73
Total Fixed and Variable Costs acre  1 $ 1,901.13
Management Feesa acre 7% 1 $ 106.48
Total Costs acre  1 $ 2,007.60

aSee text for calculation assumptions.

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